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Women who are interested in herbal supplements for menopause relief may consider black cohosh (Actaea racemosa, Cimicifuga racemosa). While it is not exactly clear how black cohosh works for this purpose, it may have estrogen-like effects in the body, which helps it relieve symptoms like hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
Many studies have evaluated the effectiveness of black cohosh root supplements for treating the symptoms of menopause, and the results have been mixed. Some studies indicated that it worked well, while other studies suggested that it was no more effective than a placebo (a "sugar pill" that does not contain any active ingredients).
(Click Black Cohosh to learn more about these supplements, including possible side effects, situations in which the product should be avoided, and whether it is possible to take an overdose.)
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